By Cathy Leestma

We have in my husband’s family a rich and long history of musicians. David is a choral director and composer so perhaps for us the most wonderful music of the year comes during the Christmas season. Choirs have sat under his direction and sung the glorious music of Sir David Wilcox, John Rutter, George Frederic Handel, Joseph Mohr, Charles Wesley, and countless others. Christmas music is exceedingly good because the message is one of hope and joy!

The tradition of Christmas Carols extends many hundreds of years and is sung and taught through the generations. It is a sacred privilege and obligation to be able to share this music with my grandchildren.  Some of my sweetest memories are those when we gather at the Christmas Eve service singing the beloved carols. Think about it! “Joy to the World” was written in 1719 by Isaac Watts. For just short of 300 years we have sung and have been encouraged by this carol, which was Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98, declaring “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.”

2017 has been a really tough year for many in our nation and around the world, perhaps even for you personally. It is my hope that the music of the season will be a great encouragement to us all. Thank you as always for your support of The Mountain Breeze, and Merry Christmas!